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SMART-1 osculating orbit up to 24 November 2003

SMART-1 osculating orbit up to 24 November 2003


Date: 27 November 2003
Satellite: SMART-1
Copyright: ESA

In this diagram the GTO, the osculating orbits at launch and at different times are plotted. The large orbit, marked 'final', is the one we expect to achieve at the end of the radiation belt escape in about one month.

From the start, the electric propulsion system has managed to increase the semi-major axis of the orbit by 5115 km, increasing the perigee altitude from the original 656 km to 5412 km and the orbital period by three and a half hours, from the initial 10 hours 41 minutes to the present 14 hours 10 minutes.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
7-Feb-2023 10:44 UT

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